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Old 02-27-2014, 11:15 AM   #21
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Trigger start propane torch is a must-have for camping. Another handy item is a 3 foot long or so chunk of 3/8" polyureathane or nylon tubing. You blow on one end and point the discharge end on your tinder pile and soon you'll have a roaring blaze. For those really stubborn fires I use an old hair dryer and a chunk of 2" aluminum tubing from an old pool ladder. You talk about a blast furnace when we break that out!!! WOW!!
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Old 02-27-2014, 11:27 AM   #22
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I have my own little recipe... I buy the little fire starter bricks.... throw them on a some curled up paper and stack the wood on top and that's it... I let it catch!

I also stopped buying (whenever possible) firewood directly from the campground... it's always too expensive and too humid!!!! I instead stock up on construction wood... plain 2x4, 2x6 etc that I cut to about 16-18" long. Wood pallets also make good firewood... they are lighter to carry around, dry, way less of a mess and burn quickly....
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:36 PM   #23
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I have my own little recipe... I buy the little fire starter bricks.... throw them on a some curled up paper and stack the wood on top and that's it... I let it catch!

Nothin' like the "KISS" way of doing things!!

I also stopped buying (whenever possible) firewood directly from the campground... it's always too expensive and too humid!!!! I instead stock up on construction wood... plain 2x4, 2x6 etc that I cut to about 16-18" long. Wood pallets also make good firewood... they are lighter to carry around, dry, way less of a mess and burn quickly....
Down here where I live (Indiana), the DNR imposed a ban on firewood entering state parks due to the wood borer. Campers are not allowed to bring in their own firewood unless it has a State Firewood Compliance Stamp. So there are times when buying from the CG is our only alternative! Either that or make sure where we get our firewood from has the stamp. I actually saw a camper having to unload the back of his pick-up, loaded with wood he brought in because it didn't meet the guidelines. I kinda felt bad for the guy.....
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One we saw when we were camping with friends was to put cedar shavings in a Dixie cup and melt paraffin wax over top. Just light them and add kindling. We are going to try it. She used cedar shavings from a pet store that you would use for gerbil or hamster cages.
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Down here where I live (Indiana), the DNR imposed a ban on firewood entering state parks due to the wood borer. Campers are not allowed to bring in their own firewood unless it has a State Firewood Compliance Stamp. So there are times when buying from the CG is our only alternative! Either that or make sure where we get our firewood from has the stamp. I actually saw a camper having to unload the back of his pick-up, loaded with wood he brought in because it didn't meet the guidelines. I kinda felt bad for the guy.....

Exactly why I stopped looking for real firewood (that I used to carry around).... but then the campground wood is like ****, wet, rotten..not really good

But you won,t have any problem with construction wood or wood pallet! At least not around here
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This thread got me curious. My wife collects tp rolls for crafts and I have been collecting dryer lint to us as fire starter. The lint works well but you have to use a lot of kindling. I cut a tp roll in half, stuffed it with dryer lint and dipped the ends in some candle wax. Took it out the the fire pit and lit it. It was about 23 out and the wind was blowing pretty good. Once the starter got going the wind didn't' affect it at all. I even had a hard time blowing it out after 10 minutes and it was still going strong. So i made about 10 more of them and put them in a ziplock bag and tossed them in the camper. It cost me nothing and will hopefully make our first trip of the season in a few weeks much easier. We will see.
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I have been using old cereal boxes and small emptys from pkg'd food. Layered them. They are easy and useful.
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I tried one of mine and found I need to refine some. Seems I need more air holes to allow combustion inside. Maybe tonites fire will be better.
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Saw this article, so I thought I would revive the thread for it..

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Being an OLD radio man I ended up with several cases of TELETYPE ROLLs. Those lasted for many camping trips. The rolls have a oil content to them so it would give off a blueish color when burning...

I just use small fallen sticks from the camp site and start them with one stick of STRIKE-A-FIRE. Coleman brand available in WALMART stores.


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